Where Does Bulaga Belong?

If healthy, Bryan Bulaga will start in 2014. That’s a given. What isn’t so certain is where he’ll play. After three good to very good seasons at right tackle, the former Iowa star moved to left tackle in the spring. But a lot has changed in the ensuing six months. First, Bulaga suffered a torn ACL early in training camp. Then, rookie David Bakhtiari, in what figured to be a redshirt season, more than held his own as a 17-game starter at the second-most important position on offense. So who’ll sit atop the depth chart at left tackle when offseason workouts begin in May? I’m not sure what the Packers have in mind, but I’d keep Bakhtiari right where he is and move Bulaga back to his original position. To me, Bakhtairi is simply a more natural left tackle. Blessed with long arms, quick feet and the ability to recover, the only thing missing is the strength to anchor against bull rushes. And that should come after a full offseason in the weight room. As for Bulaga, he’s already proven himself at right tackle. Why move him if it’s not totally necessary? Besides, if Bakhtiari doesn’t make the expected jump from year 1 to year 2, there’s always Derek Sherrod, who was drafted in the first round in 2011 to be the protector of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ blind side for a decade.

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Packer Update is the creation of a longtime fan. My name is Michael Rodney and I was a sportswriter in the early 1990s. I worked full-time for a newspaper in South Jersey, but I still managed to get quite a few articles about the Packers published during that time. I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy writing about the most storied franchise in all of pro sports.